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Clinging Seeds Solution

By wildflowers
April 24, 2014

For those seeds that are clinging to the inside walls of the plastic or cellophane seed packets, making it almost impossible to get them out, I found that rubbing the packet with a fabric softener sheet (dryer sheet) does a good job of stopping static cling.

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Name: Toni Melvin
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Toni
Apr 23, 2014 8:52 PM CST
That is a clever idea - I never even thought of that Hurray! I am embarrassed to say, I have spent countless times bumping and scraping and trying to get the last seeds out to no avail. I will certainly give this a try I tip my hat to you.
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flaflwrgrl
Apr 23, 2014 9:04 PM CST
I sure wish I had known this a few months ago. Talk about frustration!!!!!!
This is an amazing solution.
THANK YOU!
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Apr 24, 2014 10:04 AM CST
Is it enough to rub the outside of the packet to remove the static cling inside?
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Apr 24, 2014 10:17 AM CST
Hi all, thank you for the thumbs up and Acorn Acorn I don't remember when I first tried this but I could not get some tiny seeds out of a plastic baggie!! I'm sure I did all kinds of other things to try and get them out before I thought of using a dryer sheet. lol


Did you try it Rick? Just wondering if it did or did not work for you?

Usually, when I rub the dryer sheet on the outside of the seed packet, the seeds will fall to the bottom of the plastic, and walla; the static cling is gone.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Apr 24, 2014 10:21 AM CST
>> Did you try it Rick?

I'm going to have to buy some dryer sheets before I can try it. Then I'll have a lifetime supply!

But maybe I'll send a tiny square of dryer sheet along with any future trade packets of dust-like seeds, instead of the little glassine inner envelope that always seems mor3e trouble than it's worth, to me. That way I can use up the box and spread your idea at the same time.

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ilovejesus99
Apr 24, 2014 10:29 AM CST
I have some plastic trays I use to sort seeds and I never thought of rubbing the inside of the ziplocs but I have cleaned the trays of chaff by rubbing with fabric softener sheets before I move on to the next

Thanks for the tip
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Sep 2, 2014 6:13 PM CST
When I get a good static charge on something while I'm cleaning seeds, I love to use that as a chaff magnet. Pour away the seeds, then use a paper towel to remove the chaff.

If I'm lucky, the static charge remains so I can remove more chaff.

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